Acorn Environmental and Coronavirus (COVID-19)


Dear Customer


In light of the developments around Coronavirus (COVID-19), we want to assure you that we have implemented measures ensuring our business can provide you with the best possible service during this time.

Our office-based staff have the ability to work from home if it is deemed necessary in order to provide our customers with continued support.


During this time, we will continue to fulfil our contractual obligations where practicable with the use of our usual mobile work force and part time staff, and where necessary our emergency response teams. We will do our best to continue to offer the additional services, such as bulk refuse removal and gutter clearances etc. However, there may be delays in some of these services should we need to step in and complete deep cleans for some of our more vulnerable and high-risk clients i.e. schools and sheltered accommodation sites.


Acorn’s staff have all had communication regarding what they can do to try to help reduce the spread of the infection not only in their homes but within our clients’ sites as well.


As our staff, and certainly our cleaning staff will be on your site(s) regularly, and to ensure that our staff are protected, we would ask that you inform us as soon as possible of the following:


·       Any confirmed cases at your site(s)

·       Anyone from your site(s) that is self-isolating


This information will allow us to make an informed decision as to how best to proceed on a site by site basis.


As a company our plan is to:


·       Identify employees at increased risk

·       Have the ability for our office staff to work from home with uninterrupted phone access should the need to isolate arise

·       Using remote access software to ensure we are able to continue to communicate with our clients

·       Follow the latest government guidelines to reduce the chances of infection and the spread of the virus

·       On-going communication with suppliers and clients allowing back-up plans to be implemented quickly


Acorn Environmental is committed to continue to provide the highest levels of service. Should we have any unexpected circumstances which may affect supply of goods and services, we will clearly communicate this to our customers via the normal communication channels.


If you have any questions or concerns in the meantime please do not hesitate to contact us:


·       By phone 020 8640 8800

·       By email








Just because a workplace smells clean doesn’t really mean that it actually is.

Many offices use fresh, clean scents to give the right impression about the cleanliness of their premises, however if you look below the surface, you may notice that everything isn’t as hygienic as it smells.

We tend to assume that a workplace that smells clean must be clean because we’re all used to the scented cleaning products which are commonly used at home, and this makes us forge a link between cleanliness and scent. However, there isn’t actually a direct link between the two things.

Just because an office smells of lemon, flowers or anything else for that matter, certainly doesn’t mean that it is clean.

The Importance Of Sanitiser

If cleaning products don’t contain a bactericidal ingredient or sanitiser as well as the scent, it is pretty useless when it comes to making surfaces clean.

A cleaning product which is only scented will just serve to spread bacteria around the various surfaces that it is applied to without killing any of the bacteria. Only a product which contains a sanitising agent can ensure that surfaces are truly clean by both removing dirt and grime an also killing bacteria which could cause sickness in the workplace.

Triggering Allergies

Some people are allergic to strongly scented cleaning materials, whether or not the have anti-bacterial properties, and when they are used in the workplace they can cause allergic reactions and irritation.

Recently, products which use limonene have been on the rise in office environments. Limonene is a bacteriostatic cleaner which is organic and natural, being derived from citrus peel. It has excellent solvent powers, paired with a strong smell of citrus, however unlike many other cleaning products, its smell is from its active ingredient as opposed to coming from a scent which has been added to create a clean smell.

Although limonene products have their uses, they cannot kill bacteria and only prevent them from spreading and multiplying. If they are over-applied they often leave a slippery or sticky residue and the strong smell can be overpowering for some employees, especially those who experience allergic reactions.

Using Low-Scent Products

All of these reasons make the use of cleaning products with a reduced scent a much more sensible option.

Fragrances and scents can actually mask the odours which indicate a range of other issues such as unchecked fungal or bacterial colonies which are growing in hidden spots, or even possible pest infestations. Although effective cleaning products should contain an anti-bacterial agent to guarantee that all surfaces have been properly sanitised and are free of germs, and a mild solvent to remove greasy residue and grime, there is no reason why they need to smell strongly.

It’s important to remember that, while a light fragrance shouldn’t hurt your team, you should never assume that an office which smells strongly of cleaning products will actually be clean.

A Cleaning Business Run By Cleaners. It's Not Clean Until It's Acorn Clean!


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© Acorn Environmental Services 2020

Acorn Environmental Services,
Riverside, Wandle Trading Estate,
Mitcham, Surrey CR4 4HW

Reg'd In England & Wales No. 0181 6463

SITE DESIGNED & POWERED BY Tinder Corporation Ltd